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Formatting pc....

Anyway around the log in and password at the start up od Windows XP? I tried reformatting the hd but it claims there is no hd. I just want to clear the hd for a new install.

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Sure, winxp pass reset disk (assuming you can get into OS as user)

http://www.petri.co.il/forgot_admini...r_password.htm

or there's linux distros just for that...

http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

if it's a newer pc, during bootup of OS cd it might require SATA drivers... or get a newer version of XP (SP3 CD) they build the SATA drivers into the OS bootup, so it doesnt require floppies
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I'll try it and let you know. Thanks.

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it works... been there, done that... too often

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OK,downloaded the app, burned it to cd, put it into the pc and nothing. Did I do something wrong?

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yep, boot off CD...

While PC is booting up... keep pressing f12 as many times as you can until you hear beep beep from the pc... then you can select boot from cd

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Go into BIOS and change the boot order to CD 1st, HDD 2nd
IMPORTANT!!! Don't change ANYTHING else besides this... then once completed reboot and hopefully cd will boot...
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Did not boot from disk.

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how'd you burn the cd?
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Make sure it's a bootable disc in another PC...

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how'd you burn the cd?
As an ISO image.

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As an ISO image.
so you burned it as an image file... hmm ok

pop it into the pc you burned it on and see if the files actaully extracted when it burned... or you can extract that ISO Files and burn those files onto cd... or if you have a newer pc put onto USB and boot off USB
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I'll try that.

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I'll try that.
what os is running on the other pc where you burned the files? xp?
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by the way, why dont you just reformat? and whos pc are we trying to break itno

need files? if so connect the drive as a slave... or connect it via external device
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Anyway around the log in and password at the start up od Windows XP? I tried reformatting the hd but it claims there is no hd. I just want to clear the hd for a new install.
I think you're missing the whole issue here.

The Windows disc doesn't recognize the controller, which means it doesn't think there is a hard drive available. You probably need the controller driver on floppy or CD, and you press F6 when you boot to the Windows install CD (Windows install will prompt you to press F6 if you need to install said driver).

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by the way, why dont you just reformat? and whos pc are we trying to break itno

need files? if so connect the drive as a slave... or connect it via external device
That is what I want to do, f disk the bastard, how do I do it? It's my pc, but it had a password to it that has been long lost. I never had to enter a password before, something got screwed up and it asks for a log in at startup now. I want to wipe the disk and start fresh.

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have you tried no password sorry, couldn't help myself...

What kind of pc is it? Brand & SN, if it's custom what mobo...

I'm guessing it's something newer with a raid array for HDD's that's why OS setup does not recognize your HDD's... if it's a dell, you can stop by my house I'll give you a SP3 os cd which should resolve that problem... if it's a HP, I might be able to help you... I also might have a copy of a Microsoft Partner of XP that I can lend you (just need to look around, I know where my M$ Partner of Office 2003 is...)
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The Windows disc doesn't recognize the controller, which means it doesn't think there is a hard drive available. You probably need the controller driver on floppy or CD, and you press F6 when you boot to the Windows install CD (Windows install will prompt you to press F6 if you need to install said driver).
this is why he couldnt reload for sure, unsupported sata controller. Get the drivers and slipstream them into your windows disk.

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have you tried no password sorry, couldn't help myself...

What kind of pc is it? Brand & SN, if it's custom what mobo...

I'm guessing it's something newer with a raid array for HDD's that's why OS setup does not recognize your HDD's... if it's a dell, you can stop by my house I'll give you a SP3 os cd which should resolve that problem... if it's a HP, I might be able to help you... I also might have a copy of a Microsoft Partner of XP that I can lend you (just need to look around, I know where my M$ Partner of Office 2003 is...)
It is an HP.

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It is an HP.
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its a sata controller that does not have drivers built into the windows install cd. get the drivers from HP, put them on floppy, hit f6 during the windows install process to load additional drivers, stick in your floppy. done and done. if you dont have a floppy drive get a usb floppy. if you dont want to do that slipstream the drivers into the windows install cd.

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its a sata controller that does not have drivers built into the windows install cd. get the drivers from HP, put them on floppy, hit f6 during the windows install process to load additional drivers, stick in your floppy. done and done. if you dont have a floppy drive get a usb floppy. if you dont want to do that slipstream the drivers into the windows install cd.
1. not all hp's have floppys
2. no everyone knows how to slipstream drivers into an os regardless if they use an unattended application to do it
3. newer os cd's have drivers already slipstreamed
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3. newer os cd's have drivers already slipstreamed
that's not always the case, even with your sp3 cd. And you run the risk of the key he has not working with your disk. he should google slipstreaming or get a usb floppy. I answered all this in my post.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you just reformat when you boot from the OS disk? It should have all the raid drivers ready to go. If that's what you need.

If you dont have the key for the OS disk, probably dont want to do it that way.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but can't you just reformat when you boot from the OS disk? It should have all the raid drivers ready to go. If that's what you need.

If you dont have the key for the OS disk, probably dont want to do it that way.
WindowsXP has minimal support during install for SATA and RAID controllers.

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OK, first of all you guys are talking to a caveman here. But I have heard that the older WinXp disks don't have the sata drivers so that is probably my problem. So, will my Windows 7 disk have the option to wipe the drive and do a clean install on the hd? I wanted to wipe the disk first, but it seems like that won't be happening.

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Yes, Win 7 has everything on board to reformat, just boot from the disk

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OK, first of all you guys are talking to a caveman here. But I have heard that the older WinXp disks don't have the sata drivers so that is probably my problem. So, will my Windows 7 disk have the option to wipe the drive and do a clean install on the hd? I wanted to wipe the disk first, but it seems like that won't be happening.
boot win7 from cd and you will have the option, yes...
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Sweet! Thanks a million guys.

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